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Inulin fiber - properties, application and dosage

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Published by Calivita Partner in Digestive Health · 30 October 2023
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Currently, we consume very little fiber, and thus inulin, which can be found in artichokes or onions. When we ask a doctor or nutritionist, they tell us that low fiber intake is one of the biggest nutritional problems. At the same time, fiber intake is very important as almost every part of our body uses it directly or indirectly.

What is fiber and what are its properties

Fiber is a polysaccharide complex that is not broken down by enzymes and is only food for the beneficial bacteria that live in our intestines. If we want to have a healthy gut flora that is able to reduce the risk of certain cancers (such as colorectal cancer), then consuming fiber is important for replenishing the gut flora with probiotics on a daily basis. Inulin in particular supports the multiplication and metabolism of bifidobacteria, but of course other strains of bacteria can also benefit from it.

vegetables with fiber

Inulin helps with constipation and prevents diarrhea.

Eating the right type and quality fiber (with adequate water intake) can ease gut issues. This is common in irritable bowel syndrome (IBS), where there are alternating periods of diarrhea and constipation, but constipation is also a common problem in children and the elderly. As inulin absorbs water, it increases the bulk of the stool, which speeds up its passage through the intestines, and also softens it so that the stool can pass more easily, reducing the possibility of hemorrhoids. The same ability of inulin to absorb water is useful in relieving the symptoms of diarrhea. Diarrhea is caused by excess water in the intestines, which happens for a reason. This increases the pressure on the intestinal walls. Inulin absorbs excess water, thickening the stool and slowing down its movement.

Inulin for healthy bones

Water-soluble inulin can also be useful in protecting our bones. Does that sound weird? But it still makes sense, and more and more research shows that people who supplement with inulin can absorb more calcium and magnesium from the gut. This has been confirmed in adolescents, post-menopausal women, and young men. Greater calcium absorption contributes to increased bone mass in adolescents and slows down bone loss in adulthood. Part of the reason is that calcium is more easily absorbed from a solution with a higher water content, and partly because the inulin helps maintain the acidic pH of the intestinal flora, which also facilitates the absorption of minerals.

The beneficial effect of inulin on cholesterol and blood sugar

Achieving and maintaining a healthy weight, prevention and treatment of cardiovascular diseases, and regulation of polysaccharide metabolism are interrelated mechanisms in our body, and fiber, such as inulin, plays an important role in their healthy functioning. The increase in volume caused by the absorption of water contributes to the feeling of satiety, thanks to which we take in less energy, which helps us to achieve the desired body weight. Inulin slows down the absorption of polysaccharides, thanks to which the sugar level does not increase rapidly, but gradually over a longer period of time, thanks to which it not only contributes to the control of polysaccharide metabolism, but also to the success of a reduction diet by acting prophylactically against fluctuating sugar levels.

While a healthy body weight and polysaccharide metabolism can go a long way towards protecting against cardiovascular disease, inulin has a direct impact. Several clinical studies have shown that inulin can lower LDL cholesterol and triglycerides, which are directly related to the development of atherosclerosis. Significant reductions in LDL and total cholesterol have been found in patients with type 2 diabetes, even with the consumption of 7-8 g of inulin per day!

Pure Inulin Calivita - pure chicory inulin

The Pure Inulin dietary supplement contains 100% pure inulin powder obtained from chicory, which supports the proper functioning of the intestines. Pure Inulin is a certified Calivita product. The cGMP quality certificate guarantees the high quality of the Pure Inulin product. By choosing this product, we can be sure that inulin is obtained from certified crops and does not contain harmful impurities. The package of Pure Inulin contains 198.5 g of inulin.

Calivita Pure Inulin

How to dose Pure Inulin

Daily dosage of inulin: from the age of 3 - 1 teaspoon; 4-9 years old - 2 teaspoons; >10 years old - up to 3 teaspoons.

Pure Inulin can be added to food or drink. We recommend gradually increasing the dose, starting with 1 teaspoon per day, until you reach the recommended dose.

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